|Nana Amankwa Tiah|
Nana Amankwah Tiah otherwise called Oterans is another award winning gospel musician based in the UK.
He is about to take Ghana’s gospel music industry by surprise with his debut gospel album titled, Ekaa De.
Songs on the album are not just interesting but inspirational, with great messages to win souls for Christ and also encourage believers to remain in the Lord.
Nana started singing at a tender age. He considered going commercial when he and some friends recorded their first songs and sent it to Big Ben to listen in 1994. However their aspirations were not met.
In 1998, he found himself doing rap music with Okuraseni Samuel and others including one, Sly Cobby. Later, he sat down and decided to do gospel music.
“I went ahead to do a mix album made up of gospel, highlife and funeral songs. But my friends encouraged me to take a particular genre of music and do. So I decided on gospel.”
Officially Ekaa De literally meaning, “nearly” is his first gospel album.
It is an inspirational seven (7) track album. The songs include Joseph, y3nim no, Mene Hwan, Hu Me Mmobo, Mama, Yonko Ben and title track Ekaa De.
He explained why he chose the title saying he had gone through a lot of near death experiences in life and that informed the title of the album.
“At age 11 I broke my leg and I was told I couldn’t walk again. Today because of God I’m able to walk. A lot of things happen to me. A dog even bit me and I’m still alive. Still I was bitten by snake. The devil was still after me, I was bitten by scorpion and also fell from a tree. Everybody thought I was dead but it is by God’s grace that I’m not dead by now. So that informed my decision to pick Ekaa De (nearly) as the title.”
The album was launched in UK on December 15, 2012 at the Elephant & Castle SDA Church (London). The huge event attracted big Ghanaian names in UK and other Ghanaian showbiz names.
Amankwa hails from Sekyere Kwamang in the Ashanti Region. He schooled at the Kumasi Technical Training Institute but ended up being a musician.